District 1 Rio Rancho Public Schools

Patrick Monroe Brenner

  1. Should there be a mask requirement for children going back to schools in the fall?
    • Parents should have the final decision on what is right for their children. We should return as much freedom and choice back to the parents. Parents know what is right for their own children.
  2. Do you believe that the State and your district returned students to their classrooms: Too Early, At the right time, or Not quickly enough? (pick one).
    • Not quickly enough. Our students were already suffering. Removing them from the classroom for such an extended period of time was a mistake. The science is clear: COVID is not a pediatric disease. Hybrid and remote education models failed students for eighteen months.
  3. Districts are one potential charter school authorizer in the State of New Mexico. Could you offer a brief sentence or two regarding your feelings on charter schools and your support/opposition in your district?
    • Charter schools and broad-based school choice create competition with government schools. Competition is proven to improve services and outcomes. We need charter schools. Parents deserve as many choices as possible when determining their children’s education.
  4. What kind of accountability tools do you believe should be implemented at the district level to improve student outcomes? How would you work within your school board to improve student outcomes?
    • Transparency. Whether it’s transparency of spending, salaries, or curriculum, transparency is key to ensuring parental engagement at the district level by enabling ease of access to critical information about operations of our schools.
  5. Are you in favor of splitting APS into smaller districts in order to encourage more local participation?
    • Not applicable for Rio Rancho Public Schools, but yes, I think that Albuquerque Public Schools ought to be broken into smaller districts. The monolith of APS has proven ineffective at educating our children.
  6. If it does not already do so, would you support creating an online transparency portal to include annual budget information, employee salaries, administrator contracts, and other public records?
    • Why has this not been done already? Transparency is key: a portal like this needs to be created to help ensure accountability of our schools and our educational leaders.

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